Homology, Homotopy and Applications

Cores of spaces, spectra, and {$E\sb \infty$} ring spectra

P. Hu, I. Kriz, and J. P. May

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In a paper that has attracted little notice, Priddy showed that the Brown-Peterson spectrum at a prime $p$ can be constructed from the $p$-local sphere spectrum $S$ by successively killing its odd dimensional homotopy groups. This seems to be an isolated curiosity, but it is not. For any space or spectrum $Y$ that is $p$-local and $(n_0-1)$-connected and has $\pi_{n_0}(Y)$ cyclic, there is a $p$-local, $(n_0-1)$-connected "nuclear" CW complex or CW spectrum $X$ and a map $f: X\to Y$ that induces an isomorphism on $\pi_{n_0}$ and a monomorphism on all homotopy groups. Nuclear complexes are atomic: a self-map that induces an isomorphism on $\pi_{n_0}$ must be an equivalence. The construction of $X$ from $Y$ is neither functorial nor even unique up to equivalence, but it is there. Applied to the localization of $MU$ at $p$, the construction yields $BP$.

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Homology Homotopy Appl., Volume 3, Number 2 (2001), 341-354.

First available in Project Euclid: 13 February 2006

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Primary: 55P15: Classification of homotopy type
Secondary: 55P43: Spectra with additional structure ($E_\infty$, $A_\infty$, ring spectra, etc.)


Hu, P.; Kriz, I.; May, J. P. Cores of spaces, spectra, and {$E\sb \infty$} ring spectra. Homology Homotopy Appl. 3 (2001), no. 2, 341--354. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.hha/1139840257

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